The House of Storms [NOOK Book]

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The acclaimed sequel to The Light Ages, Ian MacLeod’s masterful steampunk fantasy returns readers to a magical-industrial alternate England, where a matriarch’s lust for power threatens to unleash bloody chaos
 
In this new age of industry, guilds reign supreme, their power dependent upon aether,a magical substance mined from the ground. Greatgrandmistress Alice Meynell rules over the Great Guild of Telegraphers with unmatched grace and ...

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Overview

The acclaimed sequel to The Light Ages, Ian MacLeod’s masterful steampunk fantasy returns readers to a magical-industrial alternate England, where a matriarch’s lust for power threatens to unleash bloody chaos
 
In this new age of industry, guilds reign supreme, their power dependent upon aether,a magical substance mined from the ground. Greatgrandmistress Alice Meynell rules over the Great Guild of Telegraphers with unmatched grace and ruthlessness. Yet even she is powerless to halt the disease that is destroying her son, Ralph. In desperation she looks to Einfell—a land untouched by aether’s ravages and to which England’s changelings have all been banished—and begs for help. Her wish is granted.
 
Miraculously cured, Ralph finds a new life far away from the industrial clamor of London, and is made whole by the love of Marion Price, a fisherman’s daughter. But the Greatgrandmistress will use every power at her disposal to thwart the couple’s ambitions and love, even if it means plunging all of England into conflict.

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Publishers Weekly
In MacLeod's brilliant The Light Ages (2003), the discovery of a substance called aether revolutionized technology, ushering in a Victorian age radically different from our own. Now, a century later, the Age of Light has come to an end in this more tightly plotted sequel. Alice Meynell, Greatgrandmistress of the Guild of Telegraphers, is willing to commit murder to establish her own power and assure the future of her tubercular son, Ralph. To save his life, she makes a deal with the Chosen, magical beings so warped by aether that they can no longer live in human society. As Ralph's health improves, however, he falls in love with Marion Price, a servant girl who eventually bears his child. Alice, acting in what she believes is Ralph's best interests, forces them to separate, secretly sending the baby to live with the Chosen. Years pass, civil war breaks out, and Alice, Ralph and Marion pursue their varied destinies. Full of detailed descriptions of landscapes and complex human feelings, this rich, leisurely novel bears some similarities to the more frenetic fiction of China Mieville, though the author's affinity to A.S. Byatt is even stronger. This is a major work by a master writing at the top of his form. Agent, Susan Protter. (May 3) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
The Age of Light has lasted 99 years, and Alice Meynell, Greatgrandmistress of the Telegraphers' Guild, hopes that her son Ralph will continue in her footsteps if she can cure him of the consumption that ravages his body. To save his life, she relocates to western England and bargains with the changelings of nearby Einfell. Once whole, Ralph falls in love with Marion Price, a shore girl who shares his interest in discovering the unifying principle of life. The couple hopes to make a life together, but Alice has other plans that will change the course of history. This sequel to The Light Ages continues the saga of an alternate Victorian Earth in which industry and subtle magic join forces to create a society in which powerful guilds control the destiny of the lower classes. MacLeod's ability to tell a tale that blends history-in-the-making with the stories of the men and women who make that history renders this chronicle of love, war, and human aspirations a strong addition to any library's fantasy collection. Highly recommended. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781480423671
  • Publisher: Open Road Media
  • Publication date: 6/25/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 480
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author



Ian R. MacLeod is the acclaimed writer of challenging and innovative speculative and fantastic fiction. His most recent novel, Wake Up and Dream, won the Sidewise Award for Alternate History, while his previous works have won the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, and the World Fantasy Award, and have been translated into many languages. His short story “Snodgrass” was developed for television in the United Kingdom as part of the Sky Arts series Playhouse Presents. MacLeod grew up in the West Midlands region of England, studied law, and spent time working and dreaming in the civil service before moving on to teaching and house-husbandry. He lives with his wife in the riverside town of Bewdley.   
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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    special blending of sorcery and alternate history

    On an alternate earth, the fifth form of matter, aether is discovered. This element is used in magic spells to run machinery and electricity and just about anything else one can think of. The guilds control the supply of aether and no one is more powerful than Alice Meynell, the Greatgrandmistress of the Telegrapher¿s Guild. Her only son Ralph is dying and she takes him to Invercombe on the west coast of England in the hopes that exercise and clear air will cure his consumption.--- While there she visits Einfell where people are no longer human because they were changed by the overuse of magic. When she returns, her son Ralph is cured so she leaves him at Invercombe while she returns to London to set in motion plans that will give more power to her and her son. The result of her scheming leads to a civil war that will affect the lives of everyone living in Victorian England.--- This is a thick and juicy alternate history novel that is set in a Victorian England where everyone is dependant on magic like oil is in our world. Alice does what she must to get and keep her position no matter who she hurts. Her only weakness is her son who turns out to be under his mother¿s thumb when he takes over the position of Greatguildmaster once held by his dead father. Ian R. Macleod continues to fascinate readers with his special blending of sorcery and alternate history.--- Harriet Klausner

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